The hip-hop community is mourning the loss of another Hip-Hop pioneer after Digital Underground cofounder Shock G passes away.
On Thursday night (April 22), the news emerged on social media about the death of Shock G, who played a pivotal role in West Coast hip-hop and introduced the world to Tupac Shakur as well as produced the rapper’s hit songs “I Get Around” and “So Many Tears.”
According to a report from TMZ, Edward Racker, father of the rap legend, told the outlet that Shock G was found dead in a hotel room in Tampa, Fla. today. The report notes that the cause of death is currently unknown, but there were no signs of trauma. Authorities, however, will administer an autopsy.
His death was first shared by Shock G’s fellow Digital Underground member Chopmaster J via an Instagram post.
“34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea we can be a hip hop band and take on the world through it all the dream became a reality and the reality became a nightmare for some,” Chopmaster J wrote in the IG caption for a photo of him and Shock G. “And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!! #digitalunderground 😔.”